i love you so matcha

Since I wrote a post about D.C. coffee shops, I thought I’d do the same for matcha in the District too. I find these lists to be really helpful when I have a craving and need to look at a list and/or map of the places that offer these services.

For those unfamiliar with matcha, it’s a finely grounded powder made of specially grown and processed green tea. The green tea plants made for matcha are grown in the shade for about 3 weeks before harvesting (to slow growth and stimulate an increase in chlorophyll levels), and the stems and veins are removed in the processing stage. The traditional way of preparing matcha is either thick (koicha) and thin (usucha) tea. In our modern times, matcha is also used in chocolates, desserts (cakes, cookies, mousse, ice cream, cupcakes, mochi), lattes, iced drinks, and smoothies.

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Matcha latte, my favorite!

Matcha in Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area

* = personal favorites

By no means is this an exhaustive list of everything matcha related in the D.C. metropolitan area, but it’s coming together. I also took the time to create a Google map (see below) of all the cafes and restaurants mentioned above. Just like with my coffee project, this will be an ongoing quest as I continue to find all the matcha.

What a perfect matcha!

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